Friday, December 13, 2013

Turkish Delight Ice Cream

A few month ago ago, we had a lovely colleague visiting from Istanbul and she brought with her several boxes of Turkish Delight. We do a lot of business with Turkey so there's usually a fair amount of Turkish delight floating around the office. However, we hadn't seen any in a couple months so everyone pounced on it.

I refused eating my share for a few days, then I had the sense to grab a couple of handfuls before the boxes became pathetic empty shells containing woeful remains of powdered sugar. Instead of scarfing the candy down, I cut each piece into smaller nuggets and threw them into a delicious creamy vanilla ice cream custard to see what would happen. I loved the result and I saved this post for closer to Christmas because of how festive the ice cream looked.

There were several varieties and I used a bit from each flavor. This is not the easiest ice cream to eat but wow is it good.  The Turkish delight of course hardens with the freezing and can be a bit tough to chew but it makes for an unusual flavor and it looks to pretty too. I found if I let the pieces melt in my mouth a bit, it was not problem and well worth the extra effort.

Turkish Delight Ice Cream

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 cup cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 cup Turkish Delight, chopped into small pieces

  • Whisk the egg yolks together in a heat proof bowl and set aside.
  • Heat the cream, milk, sugar and salt together in a heavy bottomed saucepan.
  • Remove mixture just before boiling and slowly pour into the egg yolks whisking  constantly.
  • Strain the mixture back into the saucepan and heat until it thickens, until it covers the back of a wooden spoon.
  • Pour back into the bowl, cover with plastic wrap so the wrap is touching the mixture and refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight.
  • Remove the plastic wrap,  pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • When ice cream reaches soft serve consistency, add the chopped Turkish Delight.
  • Secure the cover on the container and place in the freezer for a few hours or until ready to serve.


  1. I've haven't had Turkish delight in eons! I remember loving the chocolate bar when I was a kid. This ice cream is very festive looking and having the bits of Turkish delight melt in your mouth just prolongs the pleasure :)

  2. I've never had Turkish Delight ever! It certainly looks yummy though :)


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